On whichever patch of drum & bass you lay your headphones, you're sure to be a fan of Dub Phizix. His heart beats at a syncopated 170 and he has bass flowing through his veins. Dancehall legend Sizzla has commissioned a handful of d&b and dubstep remixes of his 'Champion Sound EP', and Dub Phizix’s lead showcases a dirty downward spiral of a bassline with fitting jungle-style beats, while leaving enough space for Sizzla’s soundclash bars and Errol’s vocals.
Excellent melancholic grime music from Loom on Mr Mitch’s Gobstopper Records. 'Grade' sets the tone: a distorted buzz carries the track throughout whilst the computer game synth melody pogos around the stratosphere with digital abandon. 'Rain Falls Hard Here' is the emo torch song, whilst 'North Star' is a bad but good '90s Manga-movie excursion. Concluding with 'Fukushima', all-in-your-face synth hype.
One of the most anthemic cuts off the latest Anjunadeep compilation, Jodi Wisternoff’s new offering ‘Paramour’is a stunning slice of bigroom progressive, as well as testament to his current studio mastery. String arrangements, feather-light melodies and bigroom house grooves are the order of the day, as well as a monumental breakdown that revels in its excess, before the techy aspects are brought to the fore when the drop kicks back in. Deep as the ocean, warm as sunshine and executed with flawless precision.
Two equally fine offerings from the Colorize stable, that deals in electro/progressive on the deeper, darker tip. ‘Dissolving’ on the B-side is the more bassline driven of the two records, while ‘Backbone’ adds a funkier edge to the liquid trance sounds of Clameres.